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Monday, January 8, 2018

Tips to Develop a More Positive Mindset


Optimism is a pretty powerful tool for lasting sobriety. Having a positive mindset has been found to benefit your physical health – lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease, healthier weight, better blood sugar levels and longer life.

And it plays a big role in your mental health as well. In fact, being able to hold onto positive emotions and appreciate the good times is one sign of emotional health. In general, people who are emotionally well have fewer negative emotions and are able to bounce back from difficulties faster. They’re also more open to new ideas and personal growth. 

Certainly, we can all use a bit more resilience and open-mindedness when it comes to navigating the natural ups and downs of addiction recovery. 

That said, having a positive outlook doesn’t mean that you’ll never feel negative emotions, such as sadness or anger, Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson, a psychologist and expert on emotional wellness at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, told the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “The key seems to be finding a balance between the two.” 

5 Ways to Enhance Emotional Wellness

Being positive may take a bit of practice. These tips from NIH can help: 
  1. Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, so learn from what went wrong and try not to dwell on it.
  2. Explore the meaning and purpose of life. Take time to think about how what's important to you and try to guide your life by those principles.
  3. Practice healthy habits. Make good nutrition, physical activity, and regular sleep a priority for your physical and mental health.
  4. Spend time with friends. Be choosy about your supports and go out of your way to surround yourself with positive, healthy people.
  5. Remember good deeds. Allow yourself to take credit for the good things you do for others each day.
Help Yourself and Others at Haus Recovery
During your stay at the HAUS, we hope you take advantage of the mentorship offered, and in turn, benefit fellow residents with your personal recovery insights. In time, everyone grows in strength and empowerment as they share both doubts and successes. To learn more about our mentoring services, call today: 888-551-4715.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tips for a Fun and Sober New Year's Eve

For those of us who are sober, New Year’s Eve can be a slippery slope into relapse. The best solution, even if you have some recovery time under your belt, is to celebrate away from toxic environments filled with alcohol or drugs. 

Making plans now for a sober New Year’s Eve will help you avoid temptation and/or triggers, so you're sure to ring in the New Year the right way. 

Here are some fun, sober ideas to consider:
  • Go to a meeting marathon. Many local chapters of AA and NA hold meeting marathons on New Year’s Eve to help you strengthen your recovery during this tough time of year.
  • Sign up for a midnight race. You can even organize one of your own; an invigorating run around town is the perfect way to ring in the New Year. 
  • Gather some sober friends for a nice dinner out on the town. Call ahead to make sure that you’re not served a “complementary” champagne or brought out a wine list. 
  • Laugh in the New Year by going to a local comedy club. Again, you may need to call ahead so you’re not tempted with alcohol. 
  • Arrange an ice skating party with a few recovery peers.
  • Host a fun game night with some festive appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Take a weekend get-away with a sober loved one. Use this time to relax and reflect upon your recovery.
  • Give yourself a spa night and go to sleep early – even before the ball drops if that’s what your body craves.
  • Have a movie marathon accompanied with some popcorn and hot chocolate.
No matter what you choose to do, be prepared. If you plan to spend New Year’s in a place where alcohol is being served, for example, make sure to have a support system in place and to devise an exit strategy if you become uncomfortable.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and sober 2018! 

Preventing Relapse All Season 
A relapse only requires a moment of weakness; when the stresses of life overwhelm you, it’s easy to turn to your drug of choice in order to escape. Keeping relapse at bay is about cementing new habits and remaining accountable to the recovery support system – and we’re here to help. To learn more about our recovery residences, call today: 888-551-4725.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter Sober Fun in Santa Monica

There’s so much to experience in Santa Monica during the holiday season – and being sober is just part of the fun. Here are just a few fun activities to add to your winter to-do list. 
  • Go to the beach. While you won’t want to venture into the freezing water, you certainly can dive into a good book. Throw on a sweatshirt, pack a blanket and pick a spot to relax on the beach with an inspirational read.  
  • Lace up your ice skates. Every holiday season, Santa Monica transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into a 8,000 square foot ice rink – perfect for getting a taste of winter without the frostbite. In fact, there are a handful of outdoor rinks in the LA-area that stay frozen through January and February. 
  • Take a hike. It’s the perfect season to climb into the hills – with no crowds and clear crystal skies. Just remember to dress in layers and be sure to take into account the fleeting daylight before setting out on your hike. 
  • Get your soup on. There’s nothing better than a bowl of ramen – or udon or miso or pho – to warm your bones on those 50 degree days. Call up a friend and head to Little Tokyo or Sawtelle. 
  • Visit Santa. You’re never too old for a photo with Saint Nick. Head to Center Plaza at Santa Monica Place and feel like a kid again as you visit his winter home. 
  • Schedule a spa day. The holidays are filled with stress and a little relaxation and rejuvenation is likely in order. Check your local area for any holiday spa specials and give yourself the gift of self-care this season.
More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6 Tips for a Healthy, Sober Thanksgiving

Whether this is your first Thanksgiving post-rehab or you have several years under your belt, sticking to a few healthy habits will ensure that you have a fun and sober holiday. 

Start with these helpful tips: 
  1. Count your blessings. Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect on your recovery and new sober life. Take time this holiday to express gratitude to the friends and family who have helped with your journey. 
  2. Think out-of-the box. If you’re not ready to spend time with family or attend a celebration that may include alcohol, then it's okay to create a new sober tradition with a few supportive friends or family members. Some ideas: Have a baking party, go on a nature hike, see a movie, or volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
  3. Keep stress at bay. Make an effort on Thanksgiving to make time for self-care, whether you go for a jog, write in your journal or meditate in the morning before the festivities. And don’t forget to focus on sleep. Sticking to a regular bedtime routine is more important than ever during the busy holiday season ahead. 
  4. Indulge wisely. Try not to completely undue the healthy eating habits you’ve learned to support your recovery. Load up on the veggies and enjoy moderate portions of your favorite sides, entrees and desserts.  
  5. Bring your own beverage. Why not bring the host a bottle of flavored water or sparkling cider that you and the guests can all enjoy. 
  6. Have an emergency plan. Ask a sponsor or trusted friend to be on-call in case you begin to feel overwhelmed. If you’re traveling, it’s also wise to looking up 12-step meetings in the area. 
Preventing Relapse All Season 
A relapse only requires a moment of weakness; when the stresses of life overwhelm you, it’s easy to turn to your drug of choice in order to escape. Keeping relapse at bay is about cementing new habits and remaining accountable to the recovery support system – and we’re here to help. To learn more about our recovery residences, call today: 888-551-4725.




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6 Benefits of Music for Your Recovery

Music therapy is offered at many rehabs – and listening, singing along or playing songs may even have helped you cope with early sobriety. 

Don’t turn off those tunes just yet, however. Even after rehab, the right notes can help you eat and sleep better, stress less, move more and have greater self-awareness – all important habits for overall health and lasting sobriety. 

And these are just a few of the many incredible health benefits of music; here’s a closer look at these and a few others.
  • Less fatigue. Whether rock, hip hop or jazz, upbeat music has been study-proven to boost your energy. On the flip side, calming music has been found to help a person fall asleep. 
  • Better mood. Music has been shown to lower cortisol levels and reduce stress and it can even minimize the effects of depression.
  • Healthier eating habits. Diners ate about 18 percent less and reported enjoying their food more when participants dined with jazz music playing, according to a Cornell study.
  • Anger management. The next time you feel your blood boiling after a driver cuts you off, switch on some mellow music. This will help you stay calmer and make fewer mistakes according to research published in the journal Ergonomics.
  • Increased self-awareness. One study found that listening to music helped study participants to think about themselves, who they wanted to be and give them an escape from the present. 
  • More motivation to move. Music with high-groove qualities induces movement in the listener. In other words, the right playlist can help you move no matter how much you’re dreading that workout. 

More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we offer bikes, surfboards and paddleboards for residents and organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Recovery

You likely already know the importance of getting your flu shot, but there are a few other lifestyle tweaks you can make to decrease your risk of getting sick this cold and flu season. 

The good news: Now that your body is rid of toxins from substance abuse, it will be a lot easier to boost your immune system and fend off germs. 

Start with these tips.
  • Don’t get lazy about laundry.  This is especially important when it comes to sheets and towels, which should be sanitized in hot water more often during cold and flu season. 
  • Crack the windows: Did you know that indoor air is up to five times as polluted as outdoor air? Letting in a little fresh air can go a long way toward chasing away these germs. 
  • Strive for solid shut-eye. Lack of sleep leads to low immunity, so it's super important to get in those seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Remember: Try to keep your sleep schedule consistent, even on weekends. 
  • Make more effort to move. Regular exercise won’t kill germs but it may cut down on the number of sick days due to colds or sore throats, according to experts at American Council on Exercise. 
  • Say no to processed foods. Foods high in fats, salt and sugar can suppress your immune system, making it that much harder to fend off any germs this cold and flu season. Instead, load up on fall superfoods like kale, sweet potatoes, apples and pumpkin. 
  • Keep stress at bay. Whether mediation, yoga or deep breathing, making relaxation strategies part of your day to day can help manage stress, which has been study-proven to ravage the immune system.
Stay Well Year-Round
Learning to make healthy choices is a key element of the sober living program at Haus Recovery. During your stay, you will learn to maintain your abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy-Hour Alternatives for Connecting With Coworkers

For those in recovery, happy hour with work friends is more like horror hour – and a major threat to your hard-won sobriety. While you want to stay social, you also need to do what’s best for your recovery – so what’s your option? 

Why not get a little creative: You connect with your coworkers and shake off stress by participating in one (or more) of the following sober activities: 
  • Join an adult sports league. From soccer to softball to bowling, a social sports league is the perfect way to bond with colleagues, work on team-building skills and squeeze in a workout. 
  • Start a meditation group. Talk to your employer about using the conference room after-hours or search for a local yoga or meditation studio. Many studios offer “happy hour” classes as an alternative to heading to the bar. 
  • Get artistic. Gather a group of coworkers and head to your local art gallery or museum. Many venues are open late at least one evening during the week. Or, meet up and make your own art. A bit of creativity is the perfect antidote to a stressful day at work. 
  • Host a book club. We’ve talked before about the many health benefits of reading – stress management, improved sleep, enhanced concentration, for example – and forming a book club is a great way to help you read more. Just think: If you meet with coworkers once a month, that’s 12 books you can check off your list each year.
Employment Help at HAUS
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inding and keeping a job, and making a contribution to society, is a pillar of recovery. After all, accountability and being self-supporting are vital steps to the reintegration process. Our staff will assist you with resume building and more. To learn about our sober living services, call today: 888-551-4715.